February 28, 2016
Recently, two nurses from Hackensack, NJ, assisted a woman as she delivered a baby boy in the parking garage of Hackensack University Medical Center.
The expectant mother, Selis Tavsancil, and her husband, Mustafa Tavsansil, from Edgewater, NJ, had arrived at a hospital- but were not quite in it-when Selis’ baby began to arrive. A pair of nurses who had just entered the parking garage sprang to their aid. The baby, Aksel Onur, weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces, was born two steps away from the Tavsancils’ grey Nissan Sentra.
Denise DeSalvo, a nurse who works in the pediatric operating room, was arriving to work when she saw them and sprung into action. Christine Zweil, another nurse who works in the neonatal intensive care unit, noticed the commotion, dropped her lunch bag on the floor and joined in.
Neither nurse had delivered a baby before, but they quickly took control, calling for the neonatal intensive care unit to come to the parking garage and helping Selis take deep breaths.